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by Akashic, 20 Niovember 2014. ISBN: 978-1-6177-5241-4
This is a collection of fourteen
stories in the popular noir series –
all set, this time, in and around Helsinki. They give a vivid picture of modern
city Finland: the bourgeois houses and moneyed lifestyle of the south, in the
stories of a spoiled rich girl whose murderous plan backfires (The Silent Woman), a damaged woman’s
envy of another’s blogged life (Stolen Lives), and shark eating shark on
the stock exchange (The Broker);
these contrast with the housing estates and deprivation of the north (Jenkem), the growing problem of drugs (the beautifully Gothic The Hand of Ai), and the immigration and
abuse of vulnerable women (Little Black).
There’s humour with the feisty woman PI of Kiss
of Santa, classic PP puzzles with the Christmas eve Silent Night and the macabre Snowy
Sarcophagus, and a percipient twist on domestic abuse with Good Intentions. Every story is
atmospheric, we meet a variety of sympathetic and less-than-sympathetic
narrators (the fascist security guard of Hard
Rain definitely leaps to mind here), and every one has a neat sting at the
end. As far as noir goes, they range from dark grey to best Gothic territory.
best and blackest in the noir series yet, and a treat for short story fans.
James Thompson(1964–2014) lived in Finland for over fifteen years
and was one of the most popular representatives of Nordic noir, with his work
being published in a dozen countries. His novel Snow Angels, the first
book in his acclaimed Kari Vaara series, was one of Booklist's Best
Crime Novel Debuts of the Year and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Strand
Critics awards. Kirkus selected Lucifer's Tears, the second book
in the series, as one of the best books of 2011. G.P. Putnam's Sons will
release Helsinki Dead, the fifth installment in the series, in 2014. Jim
was a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and held a master's
degree from the University of Helsinki. He was the editor of Helsinki Noir.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.